UNION — On Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church, Union, S.C., had a day of celebration. The Shriner and Mason organizations were honored during the morning worship.
The service began with Pastor Caldwell welcoming the honored guests. Pastor Caldwell also recognized each organization leaders and acknowledged three of Padgett’s Creek own to become a part of the organization.
Gary S. Parsons, Potentate of Hajaz Temple in Greenville, S.C., recognized Pastor Caldwell for his service as a Shriner and Chaplin to the organization. He expressed his appreciation of all Pastor Caldwell had done and regretted that he would be retiring as Chaplin.
George Johnson, a Shriner, informed the church about the Shriner’s Hospital of Greenville, S.C. All children are treated free of charge. All care is totally supported through the Shriner’s efforts. The organization spends a lot of time raising funds to help support the hospital in Greenville, as well as other hospitals located in other areas. Pastor Caldwell added that over 50,000 children from the Union area are treated at the Shriner’s Hospital.
Tommy Watson, a Mason from the 21st district, spoke on concepts and principles of the Mason organization. He stated there are over 33,000 Masons in the State of South Carolina.
Evelyn Almond, a former patient of the Shriner’s Hospital of Greenville, gave her testimony. She was told she would never walk again. She had over 22 surgeries on her lower left leg. She had a bone disease in her lower left leg. She was told she would lose her leg. She thanked God and the Shriner’s Hospital for the leg she now stands on after 50 years. She owns her own beauty salon and stands sometimes over 10 hours a day.
In the closing of the service, Pastor Caldwell lead in a sermon about “One Hope for America.” The scripture used was John 9:4 and 2 Chronicles 7:14.
“America needs to return to God. We have taken God out of everything our country was founded on,” Pastor Caldwell said.
Pastor Caldwell, also, explained that although the Shriners and Masons are not religious organizations, they are Bible based.
“The scripture 2 Chronicles 7:14, is a founded verse for all Christians, Masons, and Shriners to base our life service for God,” Pastor Caldwell said.
It is suggested that people look up that passage of scripture.
After worship, Pastor Caldwell and our honored guests had lunch at The Shine Club and toured The Shriner’s Hospital.
This article was written by Jean Huckaby, church media contact for Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church.